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5 Must-Play iPhone Games for April

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 21:36

5 Must-Play iPhone Games for April is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Dedicated video game consoles still reign supreme in the living room, but when you’re riding a train, on a plane or just boarding a boat, nothing is better than having an iPhone at your side. The iPhone has almost kind of game you could possibly want in its App Store. A fan of open world games and stealing cars? Download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and have fun. Into competitive fighting games? Marvel’s Contest of Champions should hold you over.

If you’re getting bored with the games already loaded onto your iPhone, know that it doesn’t get any better on a rival mobile platform. Also, try playing at least one of these five must-play iPhone games. Each might be aimed at a specific audience, but they’re fun for anyone just the same.

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja was one of the first games to really capitalize on the iTunes App Store craze some time ago. Longtime iPhone owners will probably remember Fruit Ninja, but those relatively new to the iPhone probably don’t. As a ninja it’s your job to slice and dice as many pieces of fruit as possible. More fruit equals more points, but there is also strategy involved. Slicing every fruit on your screen is one thing, but using just one swipe gives you a huge points boosts too.

Fruit Ninja is made more interesting by the random power-ups that Half Brick sells directly in the game. You can add new custom blades and even cloud to help you out in the gameplay. These in-app purchases are a bit on the expensive side, but do add something unique. Fruit Ninja is $.99 in the iTunes App Store, but there’s a free version without some of the extra blades and power-ups.

Steven Universe Attack The Light

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Role Playing Games are something that’s hard to get right. You need just the right characters involved to make hours upon hours of playing one game seem like it was all worth it. You also need an interesting character, one who anyone can identify with.  Attack the Light – Steven Universe is a marriage of the popular television show and a role-playing game that lives on your iPhone.

You play as a member of the same Crystal Gems team from the TV show, giving you control of Garnet, Peal, Amethyst and Steven as they use their particular brand of magic to stop bad guys and dark magic taken straight from the television show. The best part about Attack the Light – Steven Universe is its cover charge. The game costs $2.99 in the iTunes Store, but users don’t have to stare at ads and there are no in-app purchases.

Monument Valley

Costing $3.99, Monument Valley is a pretty beautiful looking iPhone game. The object of the game is to get your princess through the different levels, but most people spend a lot of time admiring the artwork and design. In fact, Monument Valley is so amazing looking that it won Apple’s 2014 Design Award.

Each level in the game has different areas o explore with hidden paths and tricks.

Marvel Contest of Champions

Marvel Contest of Champions isn’t exactly like the fighting games you’ve probably seen on video game consoles. It’s an amazing looking fighting game that uses the Marvel universe of super heroes as playable characters in what really is an RPG. After you earn your first character you’re off to the races, earning new combos and health healing by beating other timeless Marvel characters to a pulp. There’s a story in there, but it’s really secondary to the action. Since there aren’t any physical controls on the iPhone, Marvel Contest of Champions makes pretty good use of swipes and taps.

Read: Marvel Contest of Champions Tips & Tricks

Like most games Marvel Contest of Champions does people to spend real world money in the game to boost their characters. Marvel Contest of Champions is free in the iTunes Store.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run

Endless runner gamers are the heart and soul of mobile gaming in general. They are a huge category for mobile users because they’re easy to master. There are only three directions to move in. As long as you avoid obstacles and snatch as much gold as you can, you’ve mastered the level. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is an endless runner game set within the greater Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. The basics running mechanics are there, but players can also make use of the vehicles from the show and engage and some pretty simple and satisfying combat.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is from in the iTunes Store and includes in-app purchases for extra coins and mutagen for use in the game.

Good luck with these great iPhone games. Remember, many of them also unlock versions for Apple’s iPad too.

5 Must-Play iPhone Games for April is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


Top 13 Galaxy S6 Settings to Change

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 16:30

Top 13 Galaxy S6 Settings to Change is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You just took the Galaxy S6 out of the box and are checking out all the different settings and options, but you don’t know what settings to change and what to turn on or off to get the best Galaxy S6 experience. We’ll show you the right Galaxy S6 Settings to change to customize your Galaxy S6 and enjoy it more.

Samsung chooses to enable and disable some Galaxy S6 settings and features that don’t deliver the best overall experience. Some of these settings are a personal preference, so you don’t need follow this guide exactly, but it will give you a good idea of how you can make the Galaxy S6 your own.

Here are the Galaxy S6 settings you need to change.

We’ll show you how to secure the Galaxy S6, what you need to do so that you don’t always need to enter a password or use a fingerprint to unlock it when you are in a trusted area. You’ll also learn how to customize the look of software, make sure the phone doesn’t disturb you and a few other smart settings that most users will want to change.

We couldn’t limit this to just 10 settings to change on the Galaxy S6, so we’re offering up 13 things to change with the Galaxy S6 for a better experience.

Fast Access to the Galaxy S6 Flashlight

It’s hard to find the Galaxy S6 flashlight out of the box, because you need to change the location of the flashlight shortcut so that you can tap on it without unlocking the Galaxy S6.

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Use the Galaxy S6 flashlight faster.

Pull down the notification drawer and tap on the pencil icon. Tap and hold on the flashlight and drag it into the top row of icons so that you can use it without scrolling.

Now you can pull down the notification drawer and then tap on the flashlight icon to turn it on. Do this again to turn the Galaxy S6 flashlight off. You don’t need to download a flashlight app for this.

Turn on Smart Stay

Keep the Galaxy S6 screen on when you are looking at it.

The Galaxy S6 includes Smart Stay, which most users will enjoy. This will keep the screen on when you are looking at it. This is a very handy feature if you like to look at photos or take a while to read a webpage.

Open the Galaxy S6 settings -> Display and Wallpaper -> Smart Stay -> On. There are no settings that you need to change after you turn it on.

Set Up Galaxy S6 Fingerprint Reader

Set up the Galaxy S6 fingerprint reader.

The Galaxy S6 fingerprint reader is much better than the reader on the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4. You just need to place your finger on the home button and it will unlock the Galaxy S6 for you to use.

To set this up you need to go to Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Fingerprint -> Add a Fingerprint.

Place your finger on the home key and lift it off. Repeat until your print is registered, switching the position halfway through when prompted. Train four fingers for easiest use and make sure you move the finger or the training will not work well.

You can tap and hold on a fingerprint to name that finger and you can also use this same option to remove it.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Smart Lock

Use Smart Lock so you don’t always need to enter your password.

With Android Lollipop the Galaxy S6 includes Smart Lock. When it is at your home, work or connected to a trusted Bluetooth device you can swipe to unlock the Galaxy S6 without entering your passcode or using your fingerprint.

Go to Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Secure lock settings -> Smart Lock.

From here you can tap on Trusted devices and Trusted places to add Bluetooth or NFC devices or a specific place using GPS. Once paired or trained you will not need to enter a passcode in these locations or while connected.

Change Galaxy S6 Themes

Choose a Galaxy S6 theme to change the look of your phone.

Users can change Galaxy S6 themes with a few tap. Right now the options are a little limited, but it is a handy way to customize the look of your Galaxy S6 without rooting or installing ROMS.

Tap and hold on an empty spot on the Galaxy S6 home screen. This opens up the home screen settings. Tap on Themes. Choose a pre-installed theme or tap on Store to download one. In the Store you can download free Galaxy S6 themes and enable them in the main Theme area with a tap.

Change the Galaxy S6 Screen Grid

Show more apps on your home screen.

Samsung lets users change the grid size of the home screen to change the amount of apps that are on the home screen. This lets users choose 4 x 4, 4 x 5 or 5 x 5 app layouts.

Tap and hold on an empty spot on the Galaxy S6 home screen. Tap on screen grid. Here you can customize the grid to change how may apps you can put on one screen.

Turn Off the Galaxy S6 Notification LED

Stop that annoying Galaxy S6 notification LED.

There is a Galaxy S6 notification LED on the front of the device that some users love. But if you cannot stand the bright alert you can turn this off in the settings.

Go to Settings -> Sounds & notifications -> LED Indicator -> Off.

You don’t need to turn this off, but if it bothers you at night or in other settings, you can turn it off right here.

Galaxy S6 Do Not Disturb

Configure Galaxy S6 Do Not Disturb mode the right way.

Samsung includes a handy Do Not Disturb mode on the Galaxy S6 that you can configure in the settings to automatically turn on at specific times or you can turn it on with a tap.

When you turn on the Galaxy S6 Do Not Disturb mode you can also configure exceptions that come through no matter what.

Go to Settings -> Sounds & notifications -> Do Not Disturb.

On this page you can choose a Do Not Disturb schedule at the bottom of the screen. You can tap on Allow exceptions to make sure that Alarms still ring and choose what should happen with calls, messages, events and more. You’ll definitely want to customize the exceptions so alarms still go off.

Customize Galaxy S6 Notifications

Stop annoying Galaxy S6 notifications.

Android apps love to push notifications that are useless and annoying. You can control these apps in the settings so that they cannot send you notifications anymore.

Go to Settings -> Sounds & notifications -> App Notifications. On this screen you will see all the apps on your phone. Find an app you don’t want notifications from and tap on it. Now, you can choose to Block notifications, Set as a Priority or hide from the lock screen.

Toggle the switches you want to on or off and then repeat for other apps.

Turn on Motions & Gestures

Control the Galaxy S6 motions and gestures.

There are still many Galaxy S6 motions or gestures that you can use to control the Galaxy S6. IF you are upgrading from another Galaxy device you may want to use the same features.

Go to Settings -> Motions and gestures and turn on the options you want.

By default Smart Alert, Mute and Palm swipe to screenshot are on. You can turn them off if you don’t like them and choose to turn on Direct Call.

Change the Default Galaxy S6 Text App

Pick a new default text app on the Galaxy S6.

There are many great Android text app alternatives that can deliver a better texting experience than the carrier app or even Google Hangouts.

Download the app you want to use and open it. This may prompt the Galaxy S6 to let you set it as default. If not you need to go to the Settings.

Go to Settings -> More -> Default messaging app -> Tap on the app you want to use.

That’s all you need to do to change the default message app on the Galaxy S6.

Set up Galaxy S6 Quick Settings

Choose nine settings you want fast access to.

Samsung includes a new feature that lets you pin up to nine quick settings to the top of the Settings screen.

Go to Settings -> Tap the plus at the top to edit Quick Settings -> place a check next to the settings you want at the top.

This is a great way to keep your most used settings front and center, even if they aren’t in the notification drawer.

Turn on NFC & Tap & Pay

You don’t need to wait for Samsung Pay to make mobile payments with the Galaxy S6. Download Google Wallet from the app store and then turn on NFC and pick a Tap & Pay app to use your Galaxy S6 to make payments at many stores.

Turn on NFC and install Google Wallet to make payments.

Go to Settings -> NFC & Payment -> NFC On. Then tap on Tap and pay and choose Google Wallet.

You’ll need to login to Google Wallet and set up your credit cards, but once this is done you can tap the Galaxy S6 to the credit card reader at stores that accept NFC payments and you’ll be good to go.

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Users that need a lot of protection should check out the Galaxy S6 OtterBox cases including the Defender and Commuter series that offer a lot of protection for the device.

OtterBox Defender Galaxy S6 cases come in seven colors for the shell and seven for the cover, allowing users to combine to get the color scheme they want. The case is $49.95 and there are higher-priced options with RealTree camo and with sports teams on the back. This case includes a screen protector and port covers to keep dust out of the ports. OtterBox Defender Review.

The OtterBox Galaxy S6 Commuter case is slimmer with less protection, but a more pocketable size that appeals to many users. The dual-layer protection can absorb drops and it includes a stick on-screen protector. This case is $34.95 with the same variety of color options. OtterBox Commuter Review.

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Top 13 Galaxy S6 Settings to Change is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


9 Exciting Star Wars: Battlefront Details

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 15:49

9 Exciting Star Wars: Battlefront Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Between Star Wars: Battlefront and the new Star Wars trailer for A Force Awakens it’s been a blockbuster week for fans of the science fiction universe. By the end of 2015 we’ll be awash in new Star Wars settings and it’s enough to get the blood pumping a little faster even in April.

We have to share 9 exciting Star Wars: Battlefront details that are sure to excite, including how the new Star Wars game will connect with Star Wars VII: A Force Awakens when both arrive at the end of 2015.

During a fan convention EA Star Wars, DICE and LucasFilm announced the new Star Wars Battlefront with an online reveal showing game engine footage, but there was more to see if you were at the convention and we can’t wait to see the Star Wars: Battlefront PS4 game footage that attendees watched.

Here are the most exciting details about Star Wars: Battlefront that we discovered after digesting the announcement, the trailer and user accounts.

Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer

If you somehow missed the Star Wars: Battlefront trailer video you need to watch the two-minute video below. You’ll see game engine footage in a variety of settings including Hoth with ground battles and dogfights. You can’t miss iconic appearances from the Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader.

Where to Play Star Wars: Battlefront

If you don’t yet have a new console or a great gaming PC, you better start saving.  The new Star Wars game is confirmed for the Xbox One, PS4 and Origin for PC. There is no mention of a PS3 or Xbox 360 Star Wars: Battlefront release and it makes sense to focus on the platforms that can deliver the best looking universe.

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For users who couldn’t go to the event and see the Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay, you can read IGN’s account of the seven minute PS4 gameplay video. It sounds like a longer version of the trailer that you can watch online. While it is similar the trailer shows the game engine while IGN was told that less controlled version they saw ran on a PS4.

“Inside, one of the rebels runs ahead, but is stopped and scooped into the air by an invisible force; he reaches for his throat; he’s choking. Lord Vader comes into shot, throws the rebel to one side, and marches directly towards the camera; shots are fired in his direction but he deflects each one effortlessly with his lightsaber. Vader continues to walk forward until his mask dominates the screen.”

The publication shares other details about the game and how production designed effects not to look like a video game, but to match the effects used in the original movies.

GameInformer delivers another detailed account of the PS4 Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay demo. This is definitely worth reading if you are curious about how the game could play out.

Win a Special Star Wars: Battlefront PS4 Bundle

You can enter to win a special PS4 Star Wars: Battlefront bundle.

You can win a special PS4 and Star Wars: Battlefront bundle inside an epic box. You can see the sweet package above. Three fans already picked up this awesome bundle, but there are two more available to users who enter before 6PM PST on April 19th.

Just follow @EAStarWars, tweet us what excites you the most about Star Wars Battlefront and include #BattlefrontPS4 in your tweet.

This is a very limited edition, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see official bundles available close to the release date.

Play as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker or Boba Fett

Play well and you can play as Darth Vader or Boba Fett.

One great part about the new Star Wars game is that you can play as iconic Star Wars characters. Much like you can unlock special rewards in Battlefield games, you can earn the ability to play as one of these powerful characters.

In Andy Leavy’s impressions of Star Wars: Battlefront include details about how these will work. Leavy writes, ”

This feature will thankfully make a return and these characters will be classified as ‘reward characters’, allowing players to play as them as a reward for getting a killstreak or something along those lines. The inclusion of this feature is an exciting one and one that many wanted. No footage was shown of the use of the force or a lightsaber but it will be something that DICE will have to get perfect, as there would be no point allowing players to use Darth Vader only for it to be an underwhelming experience.”

This limits the roll of these characters, so you’ll want to practice up if you are going to unlock Darth Vader for your team.

Switch Modes from 1st Person to 3rd Person

You can switch between first person and third person mode while you play Star Wars: Battlefront so that you can get the in game experience that you want. This happens in the single player game and in modes where you can play with up to 40 players at the same time.

Drive a AT-AT, Fly a TIE Fighter or X-Wing

Iconic vehicles play a large part in the new Star Wars game. You can pilot an AT-AT to take out a crowd of rebels in relative safety or you can hop on a speeder and fly away.

The rest of us are still waiting to see the PS4 Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay footage.

Battles also play out in the sky with Tie Fighters and X-Wings. Unfortunately you cannot fly them into space, but you are able to dogfight inside the atmosphere.

Star Wars: Battlefront Release Date

EA Star Wars confirmed the Star Wars: Battlefront release date as November 17, 2015. This is just a few weeks before the new Star Wars movie and right in the middle of the busy fall release cycle that publishers are starting to fill in with specific dates.

Star Wars: Battlefront is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can already pre-order Star Wars: Battlefront, and if you do you get free early access to special DLC.

Star Wars: Battlefront Meets Star Wars VII: A Force Awakens

Free DLC lets you go from original to the new Star Wars VII: A Force Awakens.

The first Star Wars: Battlefront DLC will arrive right after the release to provide access to Planet Jakku, If you pre-order you can play the Planet of Jakku DLC on December 1st, while other users will need to wait for December 8th. This is a free DLC package that will take place in the dessert planet that appears in Star Wars VII: A Force Awakens.

  • Learn what happened at the Battle of Jakku, which precedes the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 2 maps set on the all-new planet of Jakku

While DLC soon after releases are often frowned on, this free Star Wars movie tie-in is an exciting addition.

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MLB 15 The Show Release Date - March 31st Confirmed

Sony is the undisputed king of baseball games with MLB The Show and we know that MLB 15 The Show is coming in early 2015. Sony just shared five key details about MLB 15 the Show and gamers are excited. 

MLB 15 The Show is a PlayStation Exclusive, that is coming to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. There is a chance that this will be one of the first big hits among the 2015 PS4 game releases. I

Watch the MLB 15 The Show teaser video above for a glimpse at what's new. 

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9 Exciting Star Wars: Battlefront Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Use HTC One M9 Emoji

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:53

How to Use HTC One M9 Emoji is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Emoji keyboards are getting more and more popular these days. Now that the HTC One M9 is readily available and in the hands on many proud owners, you’ll want to know how to use the emoji keyboard. You don’t need to download a new keyboard from the Play Store, or an add-on app, but you will need to know where to find them on the stock keyboard that comes on the phone out of the box.

While there are many awesome third party keyboards on the Google Play Store, the HTC One M9 includes a nice HTC keyboard with plenty of features. They have HTC trace to swipe with your finger to type, and with the M9 and Android 5.0 Lollipop it includes many emoji options, and you’ll want to know where to find them and how to swipe around to use them all.

Read: HTC One M9 Review

All the Emoji on the HTC One M9 are similar to most other smartphones, and most Android devices, so they’ll work no matter who you send them to. Emoji are a fun way to send small pictures that are like a more advanced smiley face. You can send emoji from the M9 to another Android phone, to an iPhone and to other devices. Most newer devices display a variety of emoji, though the actual design is slightly different from device to device.

With Android 5.0 Lollipop and the HTC One M9 you can use the stock built-in keyboard installed right out of the box for emoji fun. While you’re in the keyboard it will just take a tap and you’re all set, and can select from a wide variety of different emoji installed on the phone from the moment you get it.

How to Use Emoji on the HTC One M9

Flipping through the Google Play Store you’ll find a lot of different emoji keyboards or add-on apps that give you more options, but the stock stuff that comes with the One M9 should be more than enough. It features all the usual popular smiley faces, symbols, and much much more.

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If you already use emoji on other recent Android devices you’ll know the basics, but here is a specific guide to using them on the HTC One M9. All you need to do is open up the keyboard while sending an email, message, text, or using Facebook, and you’ll see it almost instantly. On the bottom left of the keyboard is the “12#” button that switches the keyboard from letters to numbers and symbols. However, long-press and you’ll see a smiley face, then just let go.

That’s it, and you’re now on the emoji keyboard and can go crazy with all kinds of fun stuff. The keyboard area is now full of smiley faces, and a swipe will go through all of them. From here just tap each one and it will be inserted into your message just like any letter would when typing on the keyboard. The little circle dots indicate how many pages of each. There are seven pages of smiley faces. Then above those are other options. There’s a flower for dogs, cats, flowers, plants and food type objects, a bell with a bunch of random emoji pictures of clothes and such, and an airplane that’s full of transportation-inspired emoji images.

When you’re done adding all the emoji you’d like to any message, simply tap the ABC button on the bottom left again to return to the keyboard to finish typing out a message. This is nice because you can write a message, add some emoji, then return to finish a sentence all in seconds, without changing keyboards or doing anything too difficult.

You can even tap the clock looking icon, which shows you a collective list of your recently used emoji icons. This will change over time, but if you always use the same few this will be an easy way to get to your favorites with ease. Enjoy the new HTC One M9, and have fun with some emoji messages.

How to Use HTC One M9 Emoji is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Release Imminent

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:22

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Release Imminent is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update has been confirmed this week by Google themselves, and a release date is likely imminent with the software running on both the Nexus 9 tablet, and the older Nexus 7. In March Google announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, aimed at fixing many initial Lollipop bugs from the launch, and now another update should be coming soon.

Last month, Google started rolling out its brand new Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus smartphones and tablets. Google’s initial roll out included the Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi, Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. Then earlier this week it arrived for the Nexus 4 and a few others. However, the Nexus 9 is still stuck on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, and hasn’t received any of the other two software updates, but that’s about to change.

Read: How to Install Android 5.1 Lollipop Right Now

Back in October Google finally announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it arrived in November on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Since then many smartphones and tablets have seen the update, as well as most manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola have all been busy pushing Lollipop updates out to all their current devices. That said, it looks like another bug fixing update could arrive any day now.

Earlier this month some reports and rumors started swirling that Google was working on another version of Android, aimed at fixing some bugs that are still causing problems for those on Lollipop. Android 5.1 was meant to fix most issues, but there are still a few major problems that need fixing.

Google still hasn’t officially confirmed, acknowledged, or even announced Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but this week it surfaced running on two Nexus tablets, and a release could be coming soon.

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The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is where all the code for the Android operating system is. And while doing a bit of digging, Android Police found two Nexus devices running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in Google’s Android audio latency page of AOSP. This doesn’t confirm the release, but confirms the new software update is being tested, and should be coming sometime extremely soon.

Here we see both the Nexus 9 and the 2013 Nexus 7 already running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Typically Google runs software versions that are unreleased to the public for testing, but with it starting to surface more and more an over the air update for all owners should likely arrive soon. That could be tomorrow, or it could be in 3-4 weeks. It’s hard to say with Google, as they never share details and typically just push out software updates when they’re ready.

Google has updated almost every Nexus smartphone and tablet to Android 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and now 5.1 Lollipop, but for whatever reason the latest flagship Nexus 9 is still stuck on Android 5.0.1, which it received in mid-November. The software is plagued with little issues, as well as a bigger “memory leak” problem that causes apps to crash, devices to stutter, and possibly even reboot.

The memory leak issue was thought to have been fixed in Android 5.1, but that wasn’t the case. Google has since fixed whatever the issue was, possibly added a few new features and tweaks, improved stability and battery life, and should be ready to push an update out in the near future.

The software was apparently compiled by Google back in February, so the 5.1.1 Lollipop update has been under the testing phase for at least two months now, and hopefully will start rolling out sometime soon. The moment we know more details or the release arrives, we’ll be sure to update.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Release Imminent is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Samsung Replaced My Apple TV and It’s Awesome

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:05

Samsung Replaced My Apple TV and It’s Awesome is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Apple TV is now cheaper than ever and it delivers access to a growing list of “channels” and apps but I haven’t touched the aging device since I got a new Samsung Smart TV.

Almost any new Samsung TV includes built-in WiFi and a smooth and fast way to use apps, play YouTube videos rent and buy movies and even to watch 4K content if you own a 4K Tv like I do.

Apple might deliver a new Apple TV later this year that earns a spot in my house at the center of a connected home, but for now the Samsung Smart TV is a clear winner.

The Samsung Smart TV beats the Apple TV even in this Apple house.

Unlike the slow Apple TV that sits below it the Samsung Smart TV system works more reliably and it delivers access to all of the same apps that I use including HBO Go, which lets me watch Game of Thrones more reliably than a cable box. For now there is no HBO Now service on the Samsung Smart TV, but for those of us who still use cable it’s a great option.

On the Apple TV it’s not nearly as easy to use Amazon Instant video, because you need to use AirPlay. With the Samsung Smart TV I can choose to watch movies on Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Netflix, MGo, or VuDu. With Samsung, VuDu and MGo I can choose where I rent or buy movies from instead of only going to the Apple Store and that opens up deals and delivers a lot of choice.

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Along with more options I also gain the ability to watch videos in 4K on my 4K TV. There is still no 4K Apple TV option even when connected to the TV that supports 4K.

Samsung delivers access to many sources of entertainment right on the HDTV.

Samsung includes other options like games that you can install on the Smart TV, but I don’t use these. one of the few apps I miss is SketchPartyTV, which lets you play a digital version of Pictionary on the Apple TV using iPhones, iPads and AirPlay. This is the only reason I still have the Apple TV connected.

With this new Samsung home entertainment experience switching between HBO GO for Game of Thrones and Netflix for Friends and then back to live TV is more fluid and faster. Yes I can do all of those things with the Apple TV, but the experience doesn’t match up.

From a music standpoint I can play Pandora, listen to TuneIn, use my Spotify Premium account and also use Amazon Cloud Player. These are all on the TV, so it doesn’t matter who is home when someone wants to use them and there is no need to use AirPlay to stream it. There is even a Sirius XM app and Rhapsody support.

Samsung Smart TVs also offer a lot of music and sport options.

For all the apps that I Do use, there are many other ones that include, an official NBA app, cooking apps, WCW, UFC and more.

I don’t have the right home accessories to leverage the control, but if you own Samsung appliances or air conditioners you can use the Samsung HDTV to monitor items, control what goes on in the morning or off at night and other options. With HomeKit Apple could pull me back in later this year as most of my connected home items are not under the Samsung umbrella.

Although I cannot use AirPlay to mirror my Mac, iPhone or iPad to the Apple TV this is not a feature that I use frequently, so I don’t miss it. There are options to connect to USB drives, Windows computers, smartphones and tablets and to use cloud services.

Samsung and Apple both offer advantages and disadvantages, but after using the Samsung Smart TV for six months it is a way better experience in our house, even though we are a predominantly Apple home.

Samsung Replaced My Apple TV and It’s Awesome is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


5 Quick Chargers for the Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:57

5 Quick Chargers for the Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re one of the millions of users that went out and bought a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, one feature you should know about and use daily is the new “fast charge” or quick charging technology inside. While many of owners are frustrated by the lack of a micro-SD slot or removable battery, you won’t need the latter one with Samsung’s new Adaptive Fast Charging.

Similar to Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology found inside the Nexus 6, HTC One M9 and others (video below shows you more) the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature fast charging. Basically allowing the battery to turbo charge at an extremely quick pace when it’s nearly depleted. Samsung promises 4 hours of battery life after just 10 minutes on the wall charger. Awesome, right?

Read: 5 Best Galaxy S6 Wallet Cases

Fast or quick charging is the latest in battery technology, simply because battery capacity tech isn’t going anywhere. This is the best thing available at the moment, and below we’ll go over five awesome chargers that use adaptive, turbo, or quick charging technology to get your Galaxy S6 battery charged up as quickly and safely as possible.

Over the past few years Qualcomm and its Snapdragon processors powering most smartphones have featured Quick Charge 1.0 technology, allowing phones to charge nearly 40% faster than older devices. The Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, One M9, Nexus 6, and countless others (like the DROID Turbo) all feature an even faster Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Essentially when the battery is below 10%, it charges at an incredibly fast rate and gets you nearly to 50% battery capacity in under 30 minutes. This is typically enough for the rest of a busy work day, or to get you through a night out on the town. It’s an amazing technology, and the best thing we currently have to call an advancement in battery options for smartphones. After 30 minutes it slowly goes back to regular speeds to preserve the life of the battery, and still get you fully charged. Below is a preview of what quick charging does, shown by Qualcomm on the Nexus 6, which works nearly identical to Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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As you can see, using a regular charger found at a gas station, or from an old device you pulled out of a box or closet, the Nexus charges extremely slow. The way a phone would in 2012 or so. However, the device on the far end got to 50% in the same amount of time a regular charger delivered only 22% battery life. That’s a huge increase, and something worth using. The power is in the wall-wart that you plug into the socket, then any regular USB cord will work.

On our own Galaxy S6 we plugged it on at 5% and after only 5 minutes it was at 15%, then after 15 minutes on the wall it was at 33%, and after only a half an hour we had 63% battery life. That’s more than enough to finish the rest of a night out. in 50 minutes it was nearly full, and in just over an hour it was 100% fully juiced up ready to go. This is way faster than old devices that took over three hours to charge much smaller batteries.

This is one of the best new features for smartphones in a long time, one that many don’t know about. Thankfully the Galaxy S6 has a Samsung “Adaptive fast charger” in the box, but if you’re like us and want an extra for other rooms in the house, below are five excellent options to buy.

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5 Quick Chargers for the Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Find a Stolen or Lost Android Phone [2015]

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 21:25

How to Find a Stolen or Lost Android Phone [2015] is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to protecting your smartphone from loss or theft there’s plenty of apps in the Google Play Store, but like Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google has its own Android Device Manager. However, this weekend they rolled out a brand new option that makes finding or locating a lost Android smartphone easier than ever.

Last year we wrote up an easy tutorial to help owners find a lost or stolen device, but with the new method released this week by Google, a follow-up was needed. Google’s pretty smart these days, especially with Google Search, and their latest creation makes finding your phone, and making it ring to locate it so easy than anyone can do it.

Read: How to Make Your Android Faster in 3 Easy Steps (Video)

Tracking down a lost or stolen Android smartphone or tablet can be a daunting task, not to mention trying to secure all the important and often times sensitive information that’s on our smartphones these days. Also, April is the highest month for mobile theft, so you’ll want to have the Android Device Manager installed, even though Google’s new method doesn’t need it to be installed prior to the device trying to be found.

The month of April is the highest when it comes to theft, as people are out and about, enjoying the good weather, and an array of other things. This is probably why Google chose now to rollout this new feature, and it’s so great everyone needs to know about it.

Simply type “Find my phone” into the Google Search bar on your computer, laptop, or tablet, and as long as you’re signed into your Gmail account on that device it will find your phone. Just like that. It’s magic, and works extremely quick. You may be asked a second time to sign into your Google account for security reasons, but once done, you’re all set and Google finds your phone in seconds.

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Google’s likely using location data and your WiFi connection, and it’s usually accurate right down to a few feet, or a couple of meters. I have location data disabled on my phone, but it still found it with directions to my driveway. As you can see above it took less than one second. Pretty neat right? Your phone will have a notification on it that Google used some services to find it, which you can open, or just dismiss as you now have your phone safely in your possession.

This doesn’t have the same full features as the Android Device Manager, like being able to erase user data by wiping the phone, locking the screen with a password (so a thief can’t look through it or erase your device) or even let it ring on full volume to find it if it’s just lost in your home.

As you can see above though, the new “Find my phone” Google Search method has one “Ring” option on the bottom left. This will make your phone ring at full volume for five minutes, or until you find it and hit the power button. This is extremely helpful if you lose your phone inside, but can also track it down at a nearby store, bar, or anywhere else for that matter.

At the same time, Google lets you find more than one device if the situation applies to you. Below is a screenshot of Google finding multiple phones attached to my account, even if they haven’t been turned on in a while. It is finding the last known location, and again, it’s accurate right to my street and good enough for most. Hit the dropdown arrow on the top right, and select the device you wish to find.

Android users have been able to find their devices remotely for a while now, but this just makes everything extremely easy and much quicker. Every second counts sometimes, especially if it was stolen. If that’s the case, your best bet is logging into the Android Device Manager and adding a password or pin, or erasing the device. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Or just click the map which redirects you to the full Android Device Manager page with all the features we’re used to, so you can erase or lock it.

It’s worth noting that if you do this, there will be a notification on the device and a thief will be notified you’re trying to find the phone, if it’s in his/her possession. You can do the “find my phone” search at home, click the notification on device, and disable the notification in the future, which could help in finding a phone at a later date.

Should You Use This?

Users that want added protection and comfort will be happy to know this is a free service that’s extremely easy to use, and there’s no reason not to at least sign into the ADM and get devices ready. In case of an incident or a stolen device, you’ll be glad you did. That said, this new method doesn’t even require users setup the device manager, it does it in the background.

Alternatively there are tons of apps on the Google Play Store that offer something similar, but Google’s Android Device Manager works well, is simple, and best of all it’s completely free. If you do have to find a lost phone, you may want to contact the authorities to go with you. Give this new feature a try today, and good luck finding a lost device.

How to Find a Stolen or Lost Android Phone [2015] is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


11 Galaxy Lollipop Release Details to Know This Week

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:40

11 Galaxy Lollipop Release Details to Know This Week is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we push deeper into the year, we’re finally starting to see the Samsung Galaxy Lollipop release pick up the pace for several big name devices including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 4. This week, we’ve seen a ton of new details emerge and today we want to take a look at the Galaxy Lollipop release details you should know about this week.

Back in December, Samsung started rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Unsurprisingly, the company’s first upgrade went to the Samsung Galaxy S5 which, at the time, was the company’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone. Since that day in December, the Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has spread to different variants in new regions around the world. The Galaxy S5 Lollipop release hasn’t been alone though.

In the months since its first release, Samsung’s released a number of new Lollipop updates including upgrades for the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S series, and more. Those roll outs continue to make progress as we push deeper into the month of April and we’re starting to see details, and updates, emerge at a rapid pace.

This week alone we’ve seen a number of new Galaxy Lollipop updates and Galaxy Lollipop release details emerge. For those that don’t follow along on a daily basis, it’s a lot to keep track of. Today, we want to take a look at what’s emerged this week for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users. This week in particular has been a busy one, especially here in the United States.

Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update Spreads in US

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update continues to make its mark in the United States though the update is still not complete.

Earlier this week, AT&T started rolling out its Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update. The update started rolling out Over-the-Air yesterday and it’s only available over a Wi-Fi connection. AT&T’s update is well over 1GB in size, 1.4GB to be exact, which means that it’s going to take some time for users to download and install it.

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The carrier’s update mirrors the one that recently rolled out to the regular Galaxy S5 model. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a substantial upgrade from Android 4.4 and brings new features and a new look to the former flagship thanks to Google’s Material Design.

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop Update Now Available

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out to users right now and it should be available for most users right now. Verizon typically gets its devices updated within a week or so.

This is a major update for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3, the biggest since its move to Android 4.4 KitKat last year. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings some massive changes to Samsung’s aging former flagship including Material Design.

U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Rolling Out

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is now available on four out its five major carriers. T-Mobile is the odd one out though its update is in internal testing which means that a release could come at any time.



Earlier this week, the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update started rolling out, bringing massive changes to Galaxy Note 4 users on the nation’s fifth largest carrier.

The update is rolling out Over-the-Air though U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 owners can use the Samsung Kies PC application to download and install the update manually.

Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop Update Hits Another Carrier

U.S. Cellular is also rolling out the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update. It follows in the footsteps of Sprint. AT&T’s confirmed a Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop release though it doesn’t appear to be rolling out just yet. T-Mobile’s confirmed a release though it’s still a ways out. Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, hasn’t confirmed anything.

The U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update is rolling out Over-the-Air and it’s also available through the Samsung Kies application. Like the carrier’s Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update, the Galaxy Note Edge Lollipop update brings massive changes to the curved version of the Galaxy Note 4.

New AT&T Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update Rolls Out

This week, AT&T rolled out a new Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update.

This update doesn’t bring the Galaxy Note 4 update to Android 5.1 Lollipop but it does come with some important tweaks for the AT&T Galaxy Note 4. AT&T’s change log lists five significant changes that are coming with this new Lollipop update and they include some bug fixes:

  • Update Private Mode settings
  • EAS fix for encryption bypass
  • Removal of Softcard
  • Emergency Dial fix related to Lookout & Mobile Locate
  • Google Security Patches

AT&T’s Android roll outs can take several days to reach everyone so Galaxy Note 4 owners will want to keep an eye out for the new version of the carrier’s Lollipop update.

Galaxy Alpha Lollipop Update Hits AT&T

In addition to its Galaxy S5 Active Lollipop update, AT&T’s rolling out a Galaxy Alpha Lollipop update. The update, which was released back on April 14th, is rolling out Over-the-Air. The software requires a Wi-Fi connection and the download could take some time. The file is 1GB in size, massive for an Android update.

AT&T’s update takes the device to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and it delivers some important fixes including:

  • New battery settings panel
  • Removed SoftCard app (existing users can only remove with a hard reset of the device)
  • Other planned fixes, updates, and enhancements
Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Posts Huge Gains

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is only available on AT&T in the United States but it appears that it has reached a number of carriers in Canada.

According to Mobile Syrup, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is rolling out to a number of different carriers including Bell, Koodo, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, and Virgin Mobile. Owners of the Galaxy S4 on those carriers should head into settings to manually check for the software.

Canada’s Galaxy S4 Lollipop upgrades mirror what we’ve seen from prior Galaxy S4 Lollipop updates. They all come with new features though the dominant feature will once again be the changes to the look and feel of the software.

Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop Update Still MIA

A new report from SamMobile outlines a number of upcoming Galaxy Android Lollipop releases from Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update that was seemingly confirmed by Samsung’s regional arms is not one of them.

The publication says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update is still not under development. This doesn’t mean that the update won’t hit the aging former flagship but it does mean that a Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop release date, if there is one, is extremely far out in the distance. Testing can take weeks and it’s extremely unpredictable.

Samsung’s Finnish and Danish arms recently confirmed a Galaxy Note 2 Android 5.0.1 update though they note that the plans are subject to change at a moment’s notice.

Galaxy Core Prime & Galaxy Mega 2 Lollipop Update Details

This new report also claims that Samsung is working on Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Galaxy Core Prime and the Galaxy Mega 2. Both updates are currently in development though it’s not clear when Samsung plans to release them. Samsung itself hasn’t confirmed these updates but the source is very solid so there’s no reason to believe that the information is wrong.

Galaxy Note 4 Duos Lollipop Update Starts Rolling Out

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos Lollipop update is also rolling out. This is the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 4 that’s only available in Hong Kong and China. Users in those areas should be able to download the Android Lollipop update right now. The software is reportedly similar to the software that’s rolled out to the regular version of the Galaxy Note 4.

Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop Release All but Confirmed

Finally, it looks like Samsung’s started development on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the new version of Lollipop that Google started rolling out to Nexus smartphones and tablets back in March.

Samsung knocks it out of the park with the Galaxy S6 Edge.


SamMobile claims that Samsung is working on a Galaxy S6 Android 5.1 Lollipop update, a Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1 update, and an Android 5.1 update for the Galaxy Grand Prime. Again, the publication is a credible source for inside information about Samsung Galaxy Android updates so these details should be accurate.

Features and an Android 5.1 Lollipop release date remain out of reach though rumors have suggested that Samsung might use Android 5.1 to deliver Galaxy S6 software features to older devices. That’s still unconfirmed.

11 Galaxy Lollipop Release Details to Know This Week is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


How Microsoft Hopes to Lure You to Windows 10

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:19

How Microsoft Hopes to Lure You to Windows 10 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

In a new blog post chronicling its design process, Microsoft is talking more about Virtual Desktops, the new feature coming in Windows 10 that Microsoft hopes will convince longtime Desktop power users to upgrade.

Windows 10 is the software update Microsoft says is launching sometime later this year. In that post at Blogging Windows, Microsoft gives a granular look at Virtual Desktops and how they’ll work. As Microsoft notes in its own post, Virtual Desktops aren’t exactly new. Apple’s OS X operating system has offered something akin to Virtual Desktops for years. In its early years the feature was called Expose’. Recently Apple renamed it to Mission Control.

Windows 10’s Virtual Desktops allow power users to see every Windows Store app or Desktop program they have open at any given time.  A dedicated button for the screen that allows users to switch between the Virtual Desktops, which Microsoft calls Task View, is located on the Taskbar of the Desktop just beside the Cortana personal assistant.

Most people will only use Task View to quickly switch between different apps, but the hope is that hard-core Windows users who didn’t dare upgrade to Windows 8 will find the Task View useful because they can create multiple Desktops and drag different apps to the desktops they’ve created. In designing Virtual Desktops, Microsoft says that it examined how people use their computer. Many Windows users are apparently, “filers.” Microsoft uses the term to describe people who strictly organize the contents of their PC.

Task View and Virtual Desktops are great because they allow users to categorize and organize the things they’re looking at on their PC. That’s something you simply can’t do without the help of add-on software in Windows 8 and Windows 7. To make the feature even more attractive, Microsoft is adding keyboard commands for the productivity included. When pressed together the Windows Key and the Tab button open Task View. Switching between Virtual Desktops requires users to hold down the Windows key, CTRL key and directional button at the same time. Dragging an app or program directly to the New Desktop button opens another Virtual Desktop with just that app.

To be clear, Task View isn’t just useful for power users with a mouse and keyboard to interact with. In Tablet Mode, Task View is available by swiping right from the left-edge of the display. It’s the perfect way for touch users to quickly switch between apps and games.

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Besides Virtual Desktops and Task View, Windows 10 includes other features. With this update, Microsoft hopes that the Windows Store will become the dominate way people get their apps. What we traditionally think of as programs are already available in the Window Store on a limited basis. Today, the store deep links users to Desktop apps. Native Windows Store apps are getting a redesign and will now also run in the Desktop alongside the programs users download from the web.

Read: Windows 10 10049 – What’s New & Different

Microsoft’s Cortana Personal assistant is directly integrated into the operating system, letting users quickly and easily make appointments, monitor news, set reminders and get weather alerts. Cortana is already available only in Windows Phone today. There’s a new Outlook Mail app included in leaked versions of the operating system, along with an Outlook Calendar app that finally supports Google Calendar.

Microsoft plans to allow users to upgrade to Windows 10 free if they have a device running Windows 7 or Windows 8 for the first year. Presumably, we’ll hear about the rest of Microsoft’s productivity and entertainment plans for Windows 10 at its BUILD 2015 show. The event kicks off on April 29th.


How Microsoft Hopes to Lure You to Windows 10 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


LG G4 Release Teasers Continue

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:30

LG G4 Release Teasers Continue is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the course of the past month or so LG has been busy teasing small bits and pieces of its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G4. A Phone that aims to take on the Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and anything else from the competition. The official launch date where they planned to reveal the phone is scheduled for April 28th, but leaks have spoiled all the details. And now today, LG has released another image and teaser video to keep the hype train moving.

Last year the LG G3 was announced in late May and arrived over a month later, far behind the competition. And while this year the new LG G4 will be released later than its competitors again, it should be much sooner than last year. We know almost everything already, but today a video is teasing it again, and a photo on LG’s Facebook confirmed some key information.

Read: LG G4 Release: Everything We Know So Far

Lately LG has announced the new 5.5-inch Quad-HD display, teased the new camera, and invites were showing some sort of leather design for the rear of the smartphone. That was all just little teasers, and they were saving the rest for April 28th. That said, a leak this weekend spoiled all the details well ahead of the release date. Read on for a few new details and LG’s latest video.

This is the new leather-clad LG G4

Along with everything we’ve already seen, LG isn’t letting up. They posted a few images on Facebook, showing off the leather, and a new video has dropped as well. The image has a few details with it that confirm the leather will indeed be real, genuine leather. Not a faux leather like we’ve seen in the past from Samsung.

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All the leaks and images prior to this were showing off a leather-look, but we weren’t sure if it was genuine leather or not. Apparently there will be three regular colors, and six leather options, all while the back is still removable. The image below is the luxurious vegetable-tanned leather option.

Always have authentic luxury in hand.
The brand new LG G4 with vegetable-tanned leather cover.
See the great, feel the great.

The Facebook post calls this a “leather cover” so we’re not sure if the LG G4 will be released with actual leather options that can be purchased, covers that are made of leather, or replacement battery covers and backs that are made of leather. Things are still a bit unclear, but one thing we do know is these are genuine leather and look pretty sharp.

Then, another video was released teasing the new 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 (Quad-HD) Quantum IPS display that will be inside this phone. LG promises 25% better colors, way better brightness, and just all around a better viewing experience than the LG G3. It’s quad-hd display wasn’t the best, washed out at times, and had poor viewing angles. LG is promising a much improved visual experience this time around. “See the great, feel the great” focusing on the display, and the new leather materials.

As of right now we know nearly everything about this new phone. The LG G4 will have a 5.5-inch Quad-HD display, a 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. A micro-SD slot for storage expansion and a removable 3,000 mAh battery, and introduce a brand new f1.8 stop super fast and capable 16 megapixel camera with laser auto-focus and optical image stabilization.

All we need to know now is when it will be released, which they’ll likely unveil on April 28th during the actual launch event, how much, and if all carriers in the US will be offering this impressive new phone. LG hopes to compete with Samsung and HTC, so they need to get it released as soon as possible. We’re hearing the end of May, but we’ll update once we learn more.

LG G4 Release Teasers Continue is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Breakdown (April)

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:00

Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Breakdown (April) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Just over a month ago, Google announced the Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop update. In that month, we’ve seen the Android 5.1 Lollipop update roll out to a number of different Nexus smartphones and tablets including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and others. As we push deeper into April, Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to wrap up. With that in mind, we take a look at everything Nexus users need to know now as we press on towards Google I/O 2015 and the summer.

On March 9th, Google confirmed the elephant in the room. The elephant of course was the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that the company confirmed for Android One devices in the month of February, only to scrub all Android 5.1 references from its website. That is, until, the company rolled out the red carpet for the new software early last month.

According to Google, Android 5.1 Lollipop is an “update to Lollipop that improves stability and performance and offers a few new features like support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection and high definition (HD) voice on compatible phones.” As we now know, there is much more to the Android 5.1 Lollipop update than stability improvements and support for multiple SIM cards.

As for the Android 5.1 Lollipop release, well, Google has taken its sweet time. While the update was originally released shortly after the announcement, it has taken Google several weeks to get the software out to its various Nexus devices in various parts of the world. Not everything about the release has been confusing or bad though. We’ve also seen some pleasant surprises.

Today, after a month of coverage, we want to take one last all encompassing look at where the Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop update stands for Nexus smartphones and tablets. This roundup takes a look at what we know about the Android 5.1 update, the Android 5.1 release, and what could be coming next for Nexus users.

Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Update

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After a lengthy wait, the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally rolling out Over-the-Air though it’s going to be a few days before Google’s Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update hits everyone. If you’re still waiting, you have a few options. You can continue to wait, Google’s roll outs typically take between one and two weeks to complete, or you can install manually.

Earlier this week, Google finally posted the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images. The timing was strange given that Google’s OTAs typically start after the arrival on AOSP, not before. No matter. They’re there now if you’re interested.

The Nexus 4 Android 5.1 OTA file has also been found lurking on Google’s servers and we’ve put together a guide that will take you step-by-step through the sideload process if you’re looking to skip the OTA roll out. It’s a fairly easy process but remember, there’s always a chance that it could hurt the performance on your device.

Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Update

The Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update was first released back in March though it took awhile to hit a majority of Nexus 5 variants around the world. It appears that the cause for the delay was another Nexus 5 Android 5.1 build, LMY47I. The new build starting hitting Nexus 5 users a few days ago and it fixes a few smaller issues including a problem with SIM cards.

If you haven’t seen this build or the other version of the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update yet (build LMY47D), you can install the software manually on your device.

And because we have your best interests in mind, we recently published some feedback about the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update that will help you decide if you want to install Android 5.1 or sit back on whatever you’re currently on.

Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Update

Google’s Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Lollipop roll out should be complete by now but if you’re somehow still waiting for the Android 5.1 update to arrive, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a guide that will help you sideload the updates below. Proceed with caution.

We recently published a Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Lollipop review that takes a look at performance in key areas and it should help you decide if you want to install the update today or take a rain check. Take a look if you are still on the fence.

Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Update

The Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi was among the first Android 5.1 Lollipop updates that Google pushed in March. And while we expected the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi to be next in line, things didn’t play out that way.

Earlier this month, Google started rolling out the Nexus 7 3G Android 5.1 Lollipop update. That update should be finishing up very soon if it hasn’t already. Again, it usually takes one to two weeks.

This update came as a surprise given that Google’s updates for its cellular-enabled Nexus 7 models have historically been late to the party. Like, months late to the party.

Earlier this week, Google produced another surprise: A Nexus 7 LTE Android 5.1 update. That update is rolling out right now though it’s rolling out slowly. It, like Google’s other updates, will almost certainly roll out slowly over the course of the next week or so.

Today, another Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Lollipop update started rolling out. The Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the 2013 Wi-Fi model is rolling out right now and it’s in the same position as the Nexus 7 LTE Android 5.1 update.

If you are growing impatient, and you want to install Android 5.1 right now, we’ve got you covered. Here are the appropriate files that you’ll need to sideload the software:

Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi

Nexus 7 3G Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 LTE Nexus 9 Android 5.1 Update

At this point, the Nexus 9 and Nexus 9 LTE are the only Nexus branded devices on something other than Android 5.1. The two devices remain on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, an older version of Android 5.0.

It shouldn’t be too long before the Nexus 9 and Nexus 9 LTE get their bump to Android 5.1. We know that the updates are coming, it’s just a matter of when at this point. Unfortunately, Google rarely announces release dates ahead of time so you’ll probably be waiting in the dark. Look for the updates to move out soon though.

Nexus 10 Android 5.1 Update

The Nexus 10 Android 5.1 update was one of the first to roll out and Nexus 10 users all over the world should have access to the new software right now. If for some reason you don’t, here’s the file that you need to sideload.

Android 5.1 Problems

As Google noted, Android 5.1 Lollipop comes with stability and performance enhancements. That’s fancy speak for tons and tons of bug fixes. Android 5.1 Lollipop does bring tons of bug fixes. It also brings some new features that you can check out in the slideshow below.

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Our favorite new change has to do with Quick Settings. For those that don't even know, pulling down the notification bar twice (or once with two fingers) brings up a Quick Settings menu. From here you have access to screen brightness, and toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, a flashlight, airplane mode, auto rotate settings, location, screen casting, and more quick toggles appear as you use them. Like hotspot control, and more.

In all of our slides Android 5.1 is on the left, with the older Android 5.0 screenshot on the right.

With Android 5.1 Lollipop Google made quick settings even better. Once you swipe down twice or once with two fingers, you'll have easier access to controlling WiFi or Bluetooth and connections. Rather than fumble through settings, simply tap the little drop down arrow, and you can connect to WiFi or Bluetooth devices all from here. This is a small but very convenient change, and one of our favorites.

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What Google doesn’t tell you is that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes with bugs including one serious one. As we noted in our Nexus 5 Android 5.1 review, Android 5.1 is afflicted with a serious memory leak bug that causes the device (and other Nexus devices) and apps to crash. Google’s fixed the problem but it’s not clear when it will push the fix out.

Nexus users are also complaining about serious camera app problems on the Nexus 5, bricked devices, Wi-Fi problems, battery drain issues, Smart Lock problems that appear to be affecting quite a few people, data connection issues, problems with texting,terrible performance, push notification problems, and more. These are just a small sample from one forum where Nexus users are posting feedback.

We recently cooked up a list of fixes for common Android 5.1 Lollipop problems that should help. We’ve also pieced together some useful Android 5.1 battery life tips that will almost certainly help in the event that your Nexus starts showing rapid battery drain. Keep those resources bookmarked and search around other sites for other fixes.

It’s also important to note that not everyone is having Android 5.1 problems.

Nexus Android 5.1.1 Update

On April 1st, a reference to an Android 5.1.1 release emerged in Google’s updated Android SDK. Its appearance probably wasn’t an April Fools joke though we still don’t know much about this update. Its features are missing in action and a release date is unknown. Google itself is silent and it continues to push out Android 5.1, not Android 5.1.1. There’s speculation that it will have a fix for the memory leak problem (at the very least) but that’s still not confirmed.

Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Breakdown (April) is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


HTC One M9 vs Galaxy S4: 5 Reasons to Upgrade

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:41

HTC One M9 vs Galaxy S4: 5 Reasons to Upgrade is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Now that the brand new HTC One M9 has officially been released and is available from all major carriers, buyers are likely weighing their choices here in 2015. And while the new Galaxy S6 is also worth considering, here we’ll be comparing the Galaxy S4 to the HTC One M9, for owners that have enjoyed the phone for nearly two years and are eligible for an upgrade.

On March 1st the HTC One M9 smartphone was finally announced and revealed after months of leaks, rumors and speculation. It came as no surprise thanks to a variety of leaks, but sadly didn’t feature many design changes from last year. It may look just like the model before it, but it has plenty to offer making it a worthy upgrade over the aging Galaxy S4.

Read: HTC One M9 Review

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 was one of the best smartphones released in 2013 and is still an excellent device worth keeping for another year, potentially for the Galaxy S7 or the next Moto X. That said, below we’ll be comparing HTC’s latest to a device millions of users already own, the Galaxy S4, and pointing out a few differences that make it worth upgrading to.

If you chose the Galaxy S4 over the original HTC One, you may not want to upgrade to the HTC One M9. Simply because it looks extremely similar to all the other One models. That said, it features premium materials and so many more features that it could be a great move for any potential smartphone user.

This year HTC didn’t take any major risks and change the design like Samsung did with the Galaxy S6, and instead delivered a phone that looks nearly identical to the model last year. However, they improved every aspect of the phone, made it slightly smaller, and introduced a new two-tone color option, among other things. Lets get started.

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First up is the display, since that is an extremely important aspect of both these devices and something all buyers look at. As for the HTC One M9, it’s the same size and resolution this year as it was in 2014. This means it’s actually the same size and resolution as the Galaxy S4 from 2013. Yea! Both phones have a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display, so this is one (and the only) area that these phones are the same. Everything else about the HTC One M9 is an upgrade.

The HTC One M9 doesn’t appear to get as bright as the Galaxy S5 or new Galaxy S6, but at the same time no one really needs 100% brightness anyways, unless you want to drain that battery really quick. The colors are crisp and vibrant from our review linked to above, and most likely being two years newer it will have better colors, contrast, brightness, and be more efficient than the aging Galaxy S4.

If you want a bigger screen the HTC One M9 isn’t for you, but at the same time the Galaxy S6 is only 5.1-inches and not much of an upgrade either. Meaning you’ll need to spring for a Note 4, DROID Turbo, or the Nexus 6 if you want more screen real estate.


This is one huge area that separates these two phones. The Galaxy S4 is made almost entirely of plastic. Some love the aluminum of the HTC One M9, while others argue the lightweight and durable plastics used by Samsung are the best route. Everyone has a different preference, and this is key for some. The S4 is also old and doesn’t have the fingerprint scanner, waterproof rating, or other features of newer Samsung devices. It’s just a big display on an all plastic device.

The HTC One M9 looks nearly the same as last year, as we stated above, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s one of the most elegant devices around. The brushed aluminum unibody frame looks and feels great in the hand. The edges are more round, making it easier to hold. The big bezels below the screen are still around, sadly, and the dual front speakers are as good as ever. Over the past year or so if some users have had enough of the Galaxy S4, the new two-tone silver and gold or gunmetal gray and black aluminum HTC One M9 may be worth considering.

This year the HTC One M9 looks the same, but is actually slightly lighter, and they shaved a few mm of the size of the handset as well. All while improving every aspect of the device. The bezels and dual speakers make it taller than the Galaxy S4, but slightly thinner. Overall it feels like a better device, is certainly made of more premium materials.

There is no question the HTC One M9 is the better device, but is it worth the upgrade? That’s for you to decide.


While the HTC One M9 looks just as it did in 2014, everything under the hood is completely different. This is one extremely powerful smartphone with top-tier specs, and even a better camera.

The new M9 is fast, fluid, and much more powerful than the aging Galaxy S4, but that’s to be expected. While specs don’t mean everything, this is still something many consider, so here’s the raw numbers for those interested.

HTC One M9 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD S-LCD3 Display
  • 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter
  • Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
  • Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
  • 2,860 mAh battery
  • Infrared Blaster for remote control
  • Brushed Aluminum unibody design
  • more

Galaxy S4 Specs

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED display
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600 with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage (Micro-SD expansion)
  • 13 Megapixel camera and 2MP front shooter
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with a new TouchWiz (Android 5.0 Rolling out now)
  • Removable 2,600 mAh battery
  • Plastic design
  • Infrared Sensor for remote
  • more

A few major things you’ll notice are the design, the camera, and of course the processor. The HTC One M9 is powered by the latest 8-core processor with 3GB of RAM, a great camera, awesome dual front speakers, and a bigger battery to finally compete with Samsung, Apple, and the others. The Snapdragon 810 actually has a powerful 2.3 GHz quad-core for heavy tasks, and a battery-friendly 1.2 GHz quad-core for smaller tasks like browsing the web. They work together for the best performance/battery life possible.

Obviously numbers aren’t everything and both of these devices will perform great, but if you’re debating which to buy or want to upgrade, the hard numbers are above.


While we briefly mentioned this above, another thing many buyers consider when purchasing a smartphone is in regards to the camera. The HTC One M8 sort of failed last year with the Duo Camera, but had some neat software tricks. The HTC One M9 now has a 20.7 megapixel rear camera, and the 4 Ultrapixel rear camera last year is now on the front for better selfies and group photos.

This is much better than last year, and should be much better than the Galaxy S4 13 megapixel camera, and don’t even get us started on the front shooter. That said, our initial impressions are average at best, but should be good enough for most average buyers. The Galaxy S4 was good in 2013, but these days users want more, and HTC delivers. Add in the HTC Eye software tweaks, and the HTC One M9 should produce great photos for any user. The Galaxy S4 is no slouch, but it is getting a little old.


At the moment software is a bit of a toss up, not to mention this comes down to personal preference. Some love stock Android like the Nexus 6, others enjoy Samsung’s TouchWiz, and some are huge fans of HTC Sense UI. Personally I’m not the biggest fan of HTC Sense, but with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Sense 7 on the HTC One M9, things are finally looking a little better. It’s still radically different from stock Android, but they’ve cleaned everything up, improved performance, and added a powerful new HTC Theme tool allowing users to change the entire look and feel in seconds. This includes colors, icons, font and more.

The HTC One M9 even lets you snap a photo and use it as a background, and the theme engine will pull colors for that and integrate it into your devices software. Making the entire device feel personal unlike any prior HTC device. It’s a nice touch, but certainly not for everyone.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

Our Galaxy S4 is still on Android 4.4 KitKat, and eventually it will see Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, this may be one of its last updates considering its age. There are a lot of new features, improved notifications, a better lockscreen and more. All of this is already on the HTC One M9, and are available now or coming soon to the Galaxy S4.

With the HTC One M9 being two years newer, it may get an additional year or so of support from HTC in terms of software updates 12-18 months down the road. This may be one reason to upgrade, not to mention everything else mentioned above. Overall Android 5.0 Lollipop makes both these devices extremely fast and fluid, even if it has a few bugs Google’s working to fix, so it all comes down to personal preference, or if Samsung fans want to try something different and go with HTC in 2015.

The Galaxy S4 is still a good phone, and Lollipop should make it even better, but don’t expect much more in terms of software updates for the old and aging smartphone.

Final Thoughts

In closing, we’re not really sure what to think here. On one side we don’t see enough improvement with the One M9 over last year to make it a worthy device. At the same time, it’s a stunning looking phone, has neat new software features, a better camera, and the latest version of Android. It may not be a huge increase over last years One M8, but it certainly will have more to offer those with a Galaxy S4. If you’ve had the S4 for two years, you’ll love the One M9.

The Galaxy S4 is still a good phone that will run great for another year or so, but with one advantage going to the HTC One M9 for simply being much newer, and getting support and updates longer. Those looking to upgrade from a Galaxy S4 will certainly love the HTC One M9, but coming from a Galaxy S5 won’t get buyers as much as they were probably hoping for.

Are you sold on the HTC One M9 even though it looks similar to last year, or possibly waiting for the Galaxy Note 5? All said and done users will probably want to head into a Best Buy or carrier store soon and give the HTC One M9 a try themselves before buying it. This phone is excellent, but get your hands on it before you make a decision.

HTC One M9 vs Galaxy S4: 5 Reasons to Upgrade is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


7 Best iPhone Moving Apps

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:09

7 Best iPhone Moving Apps is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Moving to a new house or apartment can be pretty stressful, but here are seven iPhone apps that can help you with the move and take some weight off your shoulders.

Moving isn’t only stressful, but it’s hard work if you do it all yourself. You most likely pack everything yourself, rent a moving truck, and load up everything yourself with the help of some close family members and friends. Unless you have the money to pay for a team of movers to come and move all your stuff for you, you’ll most likely do it yourself, as most people probably do.

While these iPhone apps won’t necessarily take the load off your shoulders as far as carrying all those boxes are concerned, they should at least make the whole moving experience easier and less stressful overall.

Here are seven of the best iPhone moving apps that you should consider using to make moving day a day that isn’t filled with stressful events.


One thing that many people should consider doing before they move is to go through their stuff and get rid of the clutter, and Craigslist is a great service to use to do just that.

Not only will Craiglist allow you to easily get rid of stuff you don’t need, you can make a few dollars from it in the end. The most popular Craigslist app for iPhone is cPro, which allows you to post your stuff for sale right from the app, making it easy to sell your old stuff.

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Of course, you’re on your own after the initial posting, but as long you as meet with buyers in a public place, you should be fine.

Dark Sky

One of the worst things that I can happen on moving day is rain. It completely puts a damper on something that’s already a stressful situation. This is why you should use Dark Sky.

Dark Sky is one of our favorite weather apps, mainly because it’s simple and easy to digest the weather information given. The app will simply tell you when it’s supposed to rain and for how long.

In Dark Sky, you can set up push notifications on your iPhone that will provide you with alerts whenever it’s about to rain in your area, and you can customize them so that it only notifies you when there’s going to be heavy rain or even just light rain.

So if you’re about to move all of your stuff on a specific day, keep an eye on the weather with Dark Sky.


Are you making way too many lists and keep losing track of them in the process? A better way to stay organized with lists and notes while you’re moving is by using Evernote.

Evernote allows you to make lists, jot down quick notes, and save web articles for later. You can even organize them all into different notebooks and share them with other users.

Evernote is one of the most feature-filled note-taking apps we’ve ever seen, and it’s definitely worth a look at if you’ve never used it before.

Moving Van

The only actual moving app on this list, Moving Van for iPhone is also one of the very few moving apps that’s actually worth a damn.

The app helps you when you’re packing your boxes and essentially does a bit of inventory. In a nutshell, Moving Van allows you to easily identify the contents of every box you pack.

As you pack, you can use the app to take photos of the contents of the box and jot down any details. Plus, you can assign each box a unique name, a unique number, or the room that the box needs to be moved in.

It might take a bit longer to pack if you end up using Moving Van, but you’ll most likely be glad that you took your time since you’ll know what’s in each box.

Google Maps

If just moving across town, you most likely don’t need directions to your new place, but if you’re moving to a completely new state, having GPS navigation is vital during your move.

For this, we recommend Google Maps, as it not only provides turn-by-turn directions, but also satellite views and even Google’s renowned Street View that lets you virtually check out the neighborhood that you’ll be living in.

Of course, you don’t have to use Google Maps, as Apple Maps can also get you to where you’re going, but we ultimately like Google Maps’ larger feature base on iPhone.


Need an idea of how you want your furniture laid out in your new place? MagicPlan is an iPhone app that can “magically” create a virtual floor plan that you can use to see if your furniture will fit in a particular place in your house.

The app uses your iPhone’s camera and uses pictures of your house to automatically put in dimensions. You can then add virtual objects, annotations, and attributes to create an indoor map. You can then share your floor plan with others.

The is free to download, but you’ll want to go with some in-app purchases to get PDF and JPG abilities.

Pizza Hut

Everyone knows that the best moving food is pizza, and with the Pizza Hut app you can order pizza and get it delivered to your new place, all from your iPhone.

No need to call or go to a Pizza Hut location to order and get your pizza. The app is really easy to use, and while it might take you longer than just calling to order, the app allows you to ponder your options without someone on the other end waiting for you to order.

This is one of the most essential moving apps, as folks that will be helping you move are expecting some pizza in return, so it’s a good idea to deliver on that promise with the Pizza Hut app.

7 Best iPhone Moving Apps is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


LG G4 Release: Everything We Know So Far

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:03

LG G4 Release: Everything We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The brand new LG G4 release date is almost here. After a slow release of information one by one by LG over the past two weeks teasing aspects of the phone, not to mention a huge leak this weekend that revealed nearly everything, we know exactly what’s coming when LG announces the new G4 later this month.

Between all the details from LG themselves, leaks and rumors, and then the major leak from a micro-site made by LG over the weekend everything is coming into focus, and below we’ll go over everything we know so far and what prospective buyers will need to know about this new smartphone.

Read: 5 Reasons to Wait for the LG G4

In early February the new LG G4 smartphone was somewhat confirmed by LG themselves, following some early rumors, and soon those will all be put to rest when they officially announce the new device. With a release date quickly coming and more and more teasers being released by LG, here we go over a few things buyers need to know about the LG G4 release.

Last year the LG G3 was announced in late May and arrived over a month later, far behind the competition. However, that release was earlier than the G2 before it, and the G2 arrived even earlier than the original Optimus G. Here in 2015 LG is doing the same thing again, and releasing the new LG G4 earlier than the model before it. The launch is officially set for the end of April.

On April 28th live in six countries and at an event in New York City, LG will officially unveil the new LG G4 smartphone aimed at taking on the new Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and even the Moto X with some new leather designs and more. The phone is stacking up to be one of the best in 2015, and here’s what we know.

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The design has been somewhat of a mystery as multiple leaks suggested a few different things. We saw images of a curved smartphone, leaks suggesting an all metal design to battle the iPhone and Galaxy S6, but now we know that was all false. The huge leak this weekend confirmed the LG G4 will be shaped nearly the exact same as last year, but have a lot of new features and designs that will differentiate it from last years model.

The new LG G4 will stick to the same thin bezels around a 5.5-inch device, improve the camera, and keep the buttons on the rear. It will still be made out of plastic, like prior versions, but this year they’ve introduced six new leather back options. Similar to the Moto X leather, only LG is keeping the back removable so users can replace the battery or expand storage with a micro-SD slot.

The LG G4 will come in three main colors: Black, White and Gold, with a new diamond-shaped design to the brushed aluminum looking (but still plastic) housing. Then, there will be real genuine leather options in six colors. We’re not sure if these will be optional backs you can buy, or offered directly from carrier shelves. Most likely both will be available, as well as separate purchases from LG’s store, but we’ll have to wait and see.

All said and done it will feature nearly the same design as previous years, only with some changes to the look, textures and finish. You’ll still have sleek bezels, buttons on the back, and a rear facing single speaker. We were hoping for a slight redesign, but maybe that will happen in 2016.


Recently rumors have been back and forth regarding what to expect from LG in the all-new G4 for 2015. Some rumors suggested a crazy curved display similar to the LG G Flex 2, and others claimed it would feature a smaller 5.3-inch screen with an extremely high 3k resolution display. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The screen will be the same 5.5-inch size as the last model, but be much improved.

Last week LG announced its new 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display. This is the same size and resolution as last years LG G3, but they promise big improvements. According to the LG press release this new 5.5-inch Quad-HD display achieved a “quantum jump” in color gamut and brightness. The new LG G4 screen will be brighter, feature extremely rich and stunning colors. All while being more efficient and easier on battery life. Not to mention be thinner, and deliver improved touch function and precision.

It has a new advanced In-Cell Touch technology that allows it to react to touches, even with water on it. Finally, it’s expected to show even more accurate colors over last year’s QHD panel in the G3 by offering a 120% color gamut, 50% increase in contrast, and 30% jump in brightness. It may not be as good as the Galaxy S6, but we’ll have to wait and see.

All this means is that the slightly washed out screen from the LG G3 has been ditched, and those looking forward to the LG G4 can rest assured knowing it should have one of the best smartphone screens available on the market. Of course we’ll have to see it first, but LG is promising a lot of improvements this year.

Leather, Battery & Micro SD Slot

Going along with the design aspect above, the leak this weekend confirmed some key details that had a few potential buyers worried. Samsung ditched the removable back that lets you swap a micro-SD card for more storage and replace the battery, and many though LG would do the same. Thankfully, they didn’t.

The leak confirmed the LG G4 will have a large 3,000 mAh battery that is removable, micro-SD slot for storage expansion, and all this is possible because the back will still be removable.

This is the new leather-clad LG G4

And as you can see above, while the back is still plastic, there will be leather options. So far we’re seeing six different colors, but that could change by the time the April 28th announcement comes around. We’re not sure which carriers will have what, or if LG will sell them separately, but we’ll know soon enough. If the lack of a removable battery and micro-SD slot has you down on the Galaxy S6, wait for the LG G4.


Speaking of specs, one extremely important aspect of any smartphone is the camera. The LG G3 had a decent 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and debuted a new laser auto focus promising some of the best camera performance around. It was great, but the new Galaxy S6 with its F1.9 speed camera is one of the best of any smartphone to date. Most phones are over 2.0 with the f-stop, which is the speed of the sensor and how well it captures details and light.

Today LG is teasing an all-new F1.8 camera for the LG G4. The video just released by LG is rather short, but is obviously teasing that the camera should be excellent.

With an F1.8 camera lens the LG G4 should shoot insanely fast and accurate, be great in low-light situations, and could prove to be one of the best smartphone cameras in 2015. Add in the laser auto focus and optical image stabilization, and this is looking very promising. This will be a 16 megapixel camera, and the front will be increased to an impressive 8 megapixel shooter.


While specs are only numbers, some still want to know what’s coming. It looks like we’ll see a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display, 32GB of storage and a micro-SD slot, 3GB of RAM, 16 megapixel camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The processor is actually listed as a Snapdragon 808 6-core processor, not the 810 from the HTC One M9. This uses two high power chips. One being a dual-core high power chip for heavy tasks, and an efficient quad-core for everything else. Promising great performance, while improving battery life at the same time.

It should be faster, smoother, last longer, and run the latest version of Android. We’re not sure if that will be 5.0.2 Lollipop, or Android 5.1 which was announced in March.

Accessories & Wireless Charging

Previously LG G smartphones had wireless charging, but not all carriers received it. With the G2 it was exclusive to the Verizon model, but the new G4 appears to fully support wireless charging. The microsite leak revealed the popular Flip-cover circle case from the G3, a wireless charging dock, and more.

Users will be able to charge the device wirelessly with many 3rd party options or LG’s own charger, and the circle case protects the device yet lights up a circle part of the display for quick actions. Answering calls, launching the camera and more all without ever opening your case.

We’ve seen most of these accessories before from LG, but they’ve been confirmed for the G4 launch too. The case is coming in multiple colors, and will probably replace the back of the phone and be an all-in-one battery cover with leather and flip case in one package. Similar to Samsung’s flip cases.

Release Date

Another important aspect of this phone is the release date. The HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 hit carrier shelves in the US on April 10th, so LG needs to make a splash and get buyers interested, or at least waiting to see what LG has in store. In the video above they confirm the all-new LG G4 will be announced on April 28th, which matches earlier reports.

Sadly, at this point we know nearly everything about this phone, aside from the release date. It will be announced on April 28th, likely come to all four major carriers in the United States, but we’re not sure when. Last year it took over a month to launch and after the late May announcement it hit shelves in early July.

We don’t know when the LG G4 release date is, but we’ve heard multiple reports and comments from LG that they want it on shelves as soon as possible, earlier than last year, and giving it the best opportunity to compete with Samsung and the rest of the competition. Most likely it will be announced on April 28th, and released near the end of May or very early in June. We’ll keep an eye out for leaks and further information, and report back once we know more about the LG G4 release date.

All said and done, it’s shaping up to be one of the best phones in 2015. Will you get the Galaxy S6, or wait for the LG G4?

LG G4 Release: Everything We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


How To: Enter District Provided Professional Development Hours to MDE

The Tech Savvy Educator - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:32

Full warning to any regular readers of the blog, this post is Michigan-centric! Sorry.

Every year thousands of teachers need to renew their teaching certificate in the state of Michigan, and have to negotiate a labyrinthine system of websites, databases, and logins to make sure they have all of their professional development hours properly inputted. In the last few years, Disitrct Provided Professional Development Hours (DPPD) have played an increasingly important role in helping teachers receive their teaching certificate renewals, but in many school districts budget cuts have left no one in central office to help teachers navigate the process.

After a lot of questions from teachers, I decided to create a simple screencast walking someone through the process of inputting DPPD to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System, to ensure that you have all of your hours properly recorded before it comes time to renew your teaching certificate. It’s not terribly witty, goofy, or fun; just practical. If you’re in Michigan and have teachers in need of this, please share!


LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:19

LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout nearly complete, LG has been spending a lot of time along with partnering carriers delivering the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. Over the past month a few US carriers have pushed out updates, but today two more LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates arrived. That said, below are a few things LG G2 owners will want to know.

In December, LG started pushing out updates for the LG G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but those were outside of the US. Over the course of the past month though, many G3 owners have received the highly anticipated update, and even a few with the LG G2 have as well. With the G3 out of the way the G2 is now the main focus.

Read: LG G2 Android 5.0 Update: What to Expect

As expected, the LG update has been very slow, and the company isn’t sharing too many details. That said, Verizon kicked off the LG G2 Android 5.0 update on March 30th, and today two more carriers have joined in on the fun.

The LG G2 Android 5.0 update is much needed, considering the initial update to Android 4.4 KitKat last year introduced loads of issues for millions of owners. Most of those have been fixed over the past year, but the new Android 5.0 update is bringing a few of them back. Read on for what we know about the update, how you’ll benefit from it, as well as some potential issues you may run into.

Prepare Your LG G2

This isn’t the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is 5.1, but this is Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, which comes in well over 500MB in size. In fact, the AT&T LG G2 Android 5.0 update is nearly 800MB in size, so you’ll need to be prepared before you accept the update.

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Read: 5 Things to Do Before the LG G2 Android 5.0 Update

As many G2 owners know, updates can often times cause more harm than good. The KitKat update introduced loads of issues, so you’ll want to be extremely prepared. It’s always a good idea to backup your LG G2 before the update, not to mention go over the five things detailed in our link above.

Once the update actually arrives make sure you’re on a WiFi connection, as it is large and can eat a big portion of your monthly data allotment. Then, you’ll also want your battery at least 75% full, or on the charger just to be safe.

T-Mobile & AT&T Update

While Verizon was one of the first carriers to push out the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, others haven’t been as fast. However, we have good news. This morning T-Mobile announced the LG G2 update is available starting today with the LG software update tool, and is also rolling out as a typical over the air update. Then, this afternoon AT&T joined in on the fun, and confirmed its LG G2 is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop starting today as well. We’ve yet to see it on our AT&T unit, but it should hit all devices over the next two weeks.

As we said above, you may not receive it right away. Both carriers slowly deliver the update over the course of a few weeks, but you can try and get it now by heading into settings > about phone > and checking for updates. AT&T only lets you check once per day, so keep that in mind, and try again tomorrow. Otherwise, you’ll get a notification in the near future that the update is ready. If you need to postpone til you get home to charge your phone or finish your work day, you probably should. As your device will be unusable until the update finishes. It should take less than 10 minutes.

New Features

Users can expect a flat and modern styled user interface with many tweaks and improvements delivered with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Some of those include better battery live, smooth performance, enhanced notifications and a new notification pulldown bar, better lockscreen options and lockscreen notifications, and more. Not to mention some of the animations and effects delivered by Google with Android Lollipop. We’ve yet to try it ourselves, but this should fix many of the key issues that Android 4.4 caused for LG G2 owners. The update will bring your device to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, not the latest Android 5.1 released late last month.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

Neither AT&T or T-Mobile released a changelog, and instead direct users to the Google Lollipop landing page. Material Design is the new user interface guidelines, and users should see more colors, animations, effects, and much more. The biggest change will be the new on-screen buttons, the notification pulldown bar, and the lockscreen. Above is a slideshow showing users what’s new in Lollipop, although LG didn’t introduce all of them, but most are included.

LG G2 Android 5.0 Problems

One thing we can’t stress enough is the backup of you device before the update, as we mentioned above. While most users that have updated the LG G2 to Android 5.0 Lollipop are loving the better performance, fast experience, improved battery life, and new features, others are reporting a different story.

The long list of new features doesn’t mention any of the bugs that will be introduced, but there will likely be a few. Users are reporting some apps are crashing and freezing, which may not be updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop, and there’s also a few bugs in Lollipop that Google themselves are working hard to fix. While some users have nothing but positive things to say about the LG G2 update, others are claiming battery life is awful, performance isn’t any better, and the keyboard seems glitchy and sometimes doesn’t register what you type. Most likely you won’t have problems, but if you do, a reset will fix them, which is why users should do a backup before accepting the OTA update.

I just got android 5.0.2 on my phone.. And whoa! This is amazing #lgg2 #android

— Sebastian (@sebxy) April 9, 2015

Google has already released Android 5.1 Lollipop, and we’re hearing Android 5.1.1 Lollipop could be coming soon to fix a “memory leak” issue which is causing apps to freeze, crash, or become slow. A reboot will typically solve these issues if you’re experiencing it, but only temporarily.

Don’t let the potential problems stop you from accepting the update, just know that some are having a few problems, while others are loving everything it has to offer.

LG G2 Lollipop Bug Fixes

If you’ve updated your LG G2 on Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile to the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update and do have problems, don’t worry. We’ve gathered a list of problems and fixes that you’ll want to check out in case you’re experiencing any issues.

Overall the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update should bring plenty of improvements, and outweigh any negatives, but if you are experiencing problems hit the link above for more details. The update needs a few days to settle in, and a few reboots should have your LG G2 running great in no time. Lollipop is supposed to improve battery life, make the device faster, and introduce lots of new features and looks. If you do have problems, try a factory data reset as a last resort.

All said and done, a few potential problems are from the update itself, and not LG. This means that you’ll likely have to wait for Android 5.1 Lollipop to arrive sometime over the course of the next few months.

Currently the LG G2 on AT&T and T-Mobile are both getting the update, and if you’re still waiting on Verizon, their rollout should finish any day now if you haven’t received it already. Users should be patient, enjoy it once it arrives, and hopefully everything goes smoothly. Drop us a comment below if you have any issues, questions, or concerns.

LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Galaxy S6 Release: 10 Things Buyers Need to Know Now

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:06

Galaxy S6 Release: 10 Things Buyers Need to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 release date has come and gone for most US carriers and that means that the two flagship devices are now on shelves, beckoning those in need of a new smartphone. While the initial release date has passed, the Galaxy S6 release is still alive and well and today we want to take a look at a few things prospective Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge buyers need to know now.

In early March, Samsung and its US carrier partners unveiled two new Galaxy flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the curved Galaxy S6 Edge. The two devices replace the Galaxy S5 as the company’s most visible smartphone presence they join the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge on shelves.

These two devices are packed with new features. They feature a Quad HD display (the Galaxy S6 Edge’s display wraps around the sides of the phone), a new upgraded 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, a new version of TouchWiz over Android 5.0 Lollipop, a speedy Exynos 7 octa-core processor, and a new design language that features metal and glass. In the United States, these two devices are available on a number of carriers including AT&T and Verizon.

The curved edges of the Galaxy S6 Edge look great.

Last week, after several weeks of anticipation, US carriers started shipping out pre-orders and finally released them onto shelves. And while the initial Galaxy S6 release date for US buyers is now over and done, the Galaxy S6 release is still not finished.

We know that there are a lot of people that opted not to put in a Galaxy S6 pre-order. We also know that there are plenty of consumers that skipped the Galaxy S6 release date. Point is, there are still plenty of people out there interested in buying the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge and we want to help.

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Today, we want to rundown some of the things we think prospective Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge buyers need to know post-Galaxy S6 release date. These details will help you in your quest to buy the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or another smartphone of your choosing.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Impressions

We have both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in for testing. While we don’t have our full reviews up yet, we have gone ahead and offered some initial impressions of both devices.

Samsung knocks it out of the park with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the curved version of the Galaxy S6, comes with an $100 premium which puts lots of people in a tough position. $299.99 on-contract for a new smartphone is a ton and it means that you need to do your homework. Our initial Galaxy S6 Edge impressions are a great place to start though we advise you to gather a ton of feedback if you’re on the fence.

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S6 Impressions

We’ve also been taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the regular model that is a more affordable $199.99 on-contract. Instead of straightforward impressions, we decided to take a look at it next to the iPhone 6, Apple’s 4.7-inch model. These are two of the top smartphones on the market and two devices that you should definitely consider before buying your next device.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge design is solid.

We’re working hard on our full Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 reviews and we should have them up in the near future. In the meantime, take a look at our first impressions and hunt around for critiques from other places and users. Just because the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are out doesn’t mean that you need to rush into a decision. They aren’t going anywhere.

One Reason Not to Buy the Galaxy S6 Right Now

There are plenty of reasons to consider making the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge your next phone. There’s also one really good reason why we think you might want to wait a few days before buying either one of them.

Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was in a dogfight. The iPhone was once again its top rival though we saw increased competition from Android manufacturers. While there were a ton of Android phones released in 2014, one of the top models was the LG G3, a device that’s still on shelves. The LG G3 followed in the footsteps of the LG G2, a surprise hit from 2012.

The LG G3 was one of our favorite Android phones and a solid competitor to the Galaxy S5. And that’s why we’re extremely excited to see what LG’s got cooked up for us this year.

LG’s confirmed an LG G4 launch date for April 28th. That means that we have exactly two weeks to go before the company unveils its brand new flagship. We’ve already seen some credible rumors emerge but that’s when the device will be made official and when we’ll probably hear all about its upcoming release date.

From the look of things, the LG G4 is poised to be a solid contender for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and it’s a device that we think you should wait for. If you can.

Gold Galaxy S6 Release Dates

The gold Galaxy S6 release is ongoing and it’s still a mess. We’ve been digging around and here’s what we’ve found, based on carrier.

AT&T: At the moment, the carrier is only selling the 64GB version of the regular Galaxy S6 and the 64GB version of the Galaxy S6 Edge. All of its other gold models are listed as coming soon. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for all AT&T’s gold Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models and it has released dates pegged for April 27th.

Sprint: The carrier isn’t selling the gold Galaxy S6 through its online store and Amazon’s gold Sprint Galaxy S6 models, which were available to pre-order a few days ago, have vanished without a trace. This is what’s in their place.

T-Mobile: The UnCarrier continues to be a crowd pleaser. T-Mobile is currently taking orders on all six gold models though a few of them are currently on back order. The carrier has laid out all of its shipping times on one neat page that you can revisit during your quest.

Verizon: Verizon is taking orders for all versions of its gold Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Unfortunately, shipping dates are all over the place and range from early May to the middle of May. We expect Verizon to get its shipments out ahead of these dates and they haven’t slipped since the devices were released. We still recommend keeping an eye out.

Some Sell Outs But There’s No Need to Panic

We’re starting to see some stock shortages affect the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s not a complete wipeout but some models are a little harder to find than others. At least for right now.

Best Buy is currently sold out of the white AT&T Galaxy S6 32GB online. Amazon is sold out of the white AT&T Galaxy S6 32GB. And we know that some physical retail locations are currently sold out of some devices. We recently were in a Verizon Wireless location in Ohio and they were completely sold out of the white Galaxy S6.

Most black and white models are in stock though and we should start to see these other devices gradually come back into stock as we push away from the initial Galaxy S6 release date. Point is, there’s no need to panic and rush into anything. Most of you should be able to walk into a store and walk out with what you want. If you can’t find the model you’re looking for at a particular location, try another retailer.

We’ve seen a number of other retail locations start selling the Galaxy S6 including Staples. You have tons of options at your disposal, use them.

Galaxy S6 Teardown

iFixit has finished up its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge teardowns and the results aren’t good. The publication has given the Galaxy S6 Edge a three out of ten in terms of repairability. 10 represents the best score because it means that the device is easy to fix. The Galaxy S6 didn’t fare much better scoring a four out of ten. We point these out for two reasons.

One, it means that DIY fixes are going to be very, very difficult. We’re also pointing these out so that you don’t just skip over insurance when you’re picking up your new phone. You also might want to think about picking up a case to protect the glass.

Tons of Galaxy S6 Accessories

Just a reminder. You have tons and tons of options when it comes to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessories. There are tons of cases available, tons of compatible docks, and tons of wireless chargers. Those are just a few examples.

We bring this up because sometimes people get a little hasty with their accessory purchases. Instead of an impulse buy, we recommend getting familiar with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessory ecosystem. There are tons of options, a lot of which are terrible, but if you do your homework you, your phone and your bank account will be in much better shape.

Galaxy S6 Deals Are Scarce

We still haven’t seen any major Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge price cuts and we probably won’t see any for awhile. These devices are two of the most popular smartphones on earth right now and there’s no really incentive for retailers and carriers. At least for the moment.

While we haven’t seen any price cuts, there are some Galaxy S6 deals. Best Buy and carriers like Verizon are offering trade-ins to those looking to replace their old device with the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. Make sure you shop around before you hand over your old phone though.

Best Buy is also offering a free wireless charging pad ($60) to those that buy the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge online. The offer is not valid in stores so don’t harass people there.

Galaxy S5 Price Cuts

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have replaced the Galaxy S5 as the company’s flagship options but they haven’t replaced the Galaxy S5 completely.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t getting any younger but it’s still a solid choice for those that are looking for a new Samsung phone but don’t necessarily care about all of the bells and whistles. And in the wake of the Galaxy S6 release date, we’ve seen carriers drop their Galaxy S5 prices.

For instance, AT&T is currently offering the Galaxy S5 for free on a new two-year contract. Verizon is asking for $100 on-contract. The Samsung Galaxy S5, at these prices, is worth a look. Just to be safe.

MetroPCS Galaxy S6 Release Date MIA

There are still a couple of Galaxy S6 release dates missing in action. The MetroPCS Galaxy S6 release date and the Cricket Galaxy S6 release date are MIA right now and we’re still not sure when they are going to release their new flagships.

Our best guess is that they, along with Samsung, are waiting for the major carrier release to smooth out before releasing their own models. If these devices were released outside of April we’d be surprised.

Both are still coming, it’s just a matter of when at this point. Keep an eye out. We will too.

Galaxy S6 Release: 10 Things Buyers Need to Know Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Problems & Fixes

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:55

LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Problems & Fixes is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past few months LG and its partnering carriers have been busy pushing the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to owners around the globe. And while most of the feedback has been positive, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is also causing problems for many. The LG G2 in the US received Android 5.0 in February on AT&T, it hit Verizon in late March, and starting today is rolling out to T-Mobile owners.

The updates first started outside of the US at the beginning of 2015 after a few regions received the same update for the newer LG G3, but once that finished LG moved on to the prior years flagship device, that being the G2 from 2013. However, the update is causing some problems for owners, a few which we’ll mention below as well as ways or tips to fix them.

Read: 5 Things to Do Before the LG G2 Lollipop Update

The LG G2 Android 5.0 update is much needed, considering the initial update to Android 4.4 KitKat last year introduced loads of issues for millions of owners. Most of those have been fixed over the past year, but the new Android 5.0 update is bringing a few of them back. Read on for what we know about the update, how you’ll benefit from it, as well as some potential issues you may run into.

With Android 5.0 Lollipop on the LG G2 users will notice a few changes immediately. The lockscreen has been completely tweaked and redesigned, as have the notifications in the pulldown drawer. These are better than ever before and expandable, but the lockscreen actually lost features with the Android 5.0 update, something many owners aren’t too happy about. It only shows two notifications at a time, and the double tap to open notifications on the lockscreen announced by Google doesn’t work on the G2, you’ll still have to swipe  or unlock to interact with it.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

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While there are a lot of changes and improvements, there are also bugs. Not listed in the long LG G2 update change logs are the numerous LG G2 Lollipop problems that are plaguing some owners of the device. Over the past few months, and now after the update’s arrival in the United States, we’ve seen numerous complaints about the LG G2 Android 5.0 update, and more are surfacing now that it has arrived for Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Numerous threads over at Reddit and other forums have mentioned problems, lack of features, and more after the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the G2, and these problems are frustrating many owners. And no, you can’t get the old on-screen buttons back, the new look is designed for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and while colors can still be changed there’s no going back to the old buttons

LG G2 Android 5.0 Problems

As we mentioned above, the lockscreen has changed completely and is missing features it had prior, which isn’t really a bug, but a problem that owners aren’t too happy about. We’ve heard talks of AT&T making many software updates mandatory, and that appears to be an issue here with the LG G2 and G3 Android 5.0 update. They’re installing on their own for some, without users accepting them. Owners were surprised when the device updated on its own, without them accepting the update. This is a problem for those who’ve rooted, installed Xposed modules, or have done certain tweaks to their devices and didn’t want to upgrade.

Users have taken to Twitter with frustration, posting many of their problems.

#lgg2 #LollipopUpdate #Android not even 24 hr since installing the "update" bout to freak out, phone so slow, freezing, texts won't send!????

— Carolyn ?? (@carolynstewartf) April 14, 2015

@LGUSAMobile disappointed with my #lgg2 after I upgraded to lollipop on Verizon. Battery life is very bad compared 4.4, any fixes to come?

— Michael Mittentag (@mmittentag) April 14, 2015

But then we’re also seeing comments like this:

When an update makes your phone's battery last even longer > #lgg2

— Sebastian (@sebxy) April 10, 2015

Since the LG G2 update we’ve heard reports of devices overheating, app crashes, freezing, and the biggest issue being battery life. Users are reporting the device rebooting multiple times per day, battery draining faster than ever, and just general instability all around. That said, we’re also hearing a lot of praise since the update, where many owners love the Lollipop additions, improved performance or notification bar, and better battery life.

It’s no secret that Android 5.0 Lollipop has a few problems that Google has been working hard to address. They recently released an Android 5.1 Lollipop update, and we’re even seeing signs of Android 5.1.1 as well. These could all address some of the battery drain and app crashing, but for now users are stuck waiting for those to arrive. Android 5.0 has a memory leak issue that is causing apps to crash, freeze, start to slow or lag and more. This was thought to be fixed in 5.1 which isn’t on the G2 yet, but we’re hearing will be solved in Android 5.1.1 Lollipop whenever that arrives.

Battery Life

While some are reporting excellent smooth performance and better battery life, as Lollipop should be more efficient and make the phone run better, others are claiming the battery just drains extremely quick. This can likely be caused by 3rd party apps not supporting Android 5.0 Lollipop. Head into settings > battery, and see if any particular apps are draining your battery faster than normal. It will be at the top of the chart.

Another thing that will almost certainly fix the battery life issues is clearing the data and cache of the device. Updates are big, have a lot of files, and fragment software similar to Windows computers. Clearing the cache can help, and your best bet is actually a factory data reset, which we’ll mention below.

Head into settings > general > storage > wait for cached data to calculate, and clear the cached data. Beginners can do something similar by downloading an app called Clean Master. This will clear all update and random files that are not only taking up space, but fragmenting your device storage and slowing down performance.

WiFi Problems

A smaller problem we’re still hearing a little bit about is WiFi issues after the update. And while this probably isn’t related to the update, a few steps could potentially fix it. Try forcing the LG G2 to forget the WiFi network that’s posing problems. Head to the desired connection in Settings and long press then select the Forget Network option. Once that’s done, users will then need to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network with the password. This could re-initiate the connection and fix WiFi drops and issues.

Reboot Your Phone

One thing many owners need to know is the phone needs a little “cool down” period for all the apps to optimize, and sort everything out. Give it a reboot or two, not just the first one when the update finished, and things should ease up. Battery life may improve after 24-48 hours too, so don’t go complaining too quick. If you’re getting random app force-closes, lag, problems with text messages coming or going, or just some general issues you’ll be surprised to see how many of these small little things get fixed by a quick reboot of your phone. Not just the reboot option when you hold power, but actually turning it off, waiting a minute or two, and turning it back on. This typically fixes most small bugs when family members ask me questions, so give that a try too.

Factory Data Reset

Doing a factory data reset is your last resort, but to be honest, probably your best option and what’ I’d recommend. I always do factory resets on all my devices after (or before) updates, to start with a fresh clean slate. This will erase all user data, apps, pictures and more, so be sure to backup all your data.

With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google has a new feature called Tap n Go restore which will actually restore all your apps, data, WiFi connections and more within minutes. It’s extremely easy to do, and makes wiping your phone and setting everything up again easier than ever before. So try a factory data reset, which will likely solve almost all the problems on the LG G2 since the 5.0 update. We’ve seen countless comments where the update runs great, and even more where users reported that all the problems were fixed after doing a reset.

Read: How to Reset Your Android Smartphone or Tablet

Users can follow the guide above for the best information. That said, on the LG G2 head into settings > tap the general column and the top, and scroll down to Backup & reset and select this. It will remind you to have all the backup sync options checked, and it’s a good idea to check and let most of those sync first. At the very bottom is the factory data reset. Tap this, follow the instructions and do a factory data reset. If you have the option, don’t wipe the micro-SD card, as that likely isn’t a part of the problem.

All said and done some problems are likely caused by apps, others could be due to issues with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Google’s already released Android 5.1 with fixes, and 5.1.1 Lollipop could be coming soon. And while this is good news for LG G2 owners, don’t expect those updates to arrive for at least another two months or more. Drop us a comment below with any questions, concerns, fixes, or feedback.

LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Problems & Fixes is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


iOS 8.4 Release: 10 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:37

iOS 8.4 Release: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we push away from last week’s iOS 8.3 release date, we’re starting to hear more about Apple’s new iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And as we hear more about Apple’s potential successor for iOS 8.3, questions about the iOS 8.4 release have started to grow louder. Today, we want to offer up some opinion about the iOS 8.4 release for iPhone and iPad and help to set user expectations going forward.

In February, Apple released an iOS 8.3 update into its beta program. At the time, we knew that iOS 8.3 would follow up the company’s iOS 8.2 update. Last week, it did just that.

iOS 8.3, Apple’s current iOS update, is a massive update and one that delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems, tons of enhancements, and a brand new Emoji keyboard with new Emojis. It’s a huge update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and some believed that it would serve as the bridge between iOS 8 and Apple’s rumored iOS 9 update. That’s not going to be the case.

Yesterday, Apple released a surprise into the beta program. The iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now confirmed and it’s currently available to those in the paid developer program. The new update will come loaded up with at least one major feature though we could it expand as Apple’s testing progresses.

With iOS 8.3 problems mounting for iPhone and iPad users, an iOS 8.4 beta now available to developers, and an iOS 8.4 release date missing in action, we’re starting to get some questions about iOS 8.4. Today we want to help set some expectations for iPhone and iPad users as we take a look at what we expect from Apple and the iOS 8.4 release.

More iOS 8.4 Beta Updates

Yesterday’s iOS 8.4 beta release was the first iOS 8.4 beta release but it shouldn’t be the last.

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While Apple never reveals its plans ahead of time, it would be extremely strange to see the company release one iOS 8.4 beta before releasing the software to the public. The whole point of the beta process is to refine the update until Apple and its developer partners are ready to release it for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches around the world.

It’s difficult to predict how many iOS 8.4 beta updates we might see but we’d expect two or three at the very least. Point is, you can expect Apple’s iOS 8.4 beta to continue beyond this initial release.

Public iOS 8.4 Beta

The iOS 8.4 beta is only available to developers right now. We expect that to change at some point in the future.

When Apple released the iOS 8.3 beta back in February, it was only available to developers. In the weeks that followed, Apple released the iOS 8.3 beta to the public. That release came with the arrival of the iOS 8.3 beta 3 for paying developers.

We’ve heard that this is how the iOS 9 beta might work as well (paid developers getting the software before the non-paying public) so there’s a good chance that we’ll see Apple follow this same pattern with iOS 8.4.

iOS 8.4 Release Date Weeks Away

The most credible iOS 8.4 release date rumors suggest that the release could take place sometime this summer. Given what’s on board the iOS 8.4 update right now (a revamped Music app) and the rumors of a new streaming music service at WWDC 2015 in early June, we suspect that these iOS 8.4 release date rumors are right on the money.

We would not be surprised if Apple is targeting a June release for the iOS 8.4 update. This would line up nicely with its WWDC announcements and it would give developers (and the public) a ton of time to put the iOS 8.4 update through its paces. We’re not expecting the iOS 8.4 release for the public to take place over night. Not with a beta underway.

iOS 8.4 Release Time

While the iOS 8.4 beta release date was unorthodox, we don’t expect the same from the public iOS 8.4 release time. The only way that Apple breaks from its usual pattern (10AM PST) is if the company announces the new software on stage at WWDC on June 8th. If that happens, we imagine that it would probably be released soon after the keynote ends.

If Apple doesn’t announce the iOS 8.4 update on stage, we’d expect it to arrive in and around 10AM PST. Do not expect the iOS 8.4 release date to land on a weekend either. Apple always releases sometime between Monday-Friday.

Music App Changes = Biggest Changes

We expect Apple’s brand new Music application to be the flagship change on board the iOS 8.4 update. Apple’s iOS 8.4 beta filled us in on what to expect from the new Music app and its features:

The iOS 8.4 Beta includes an early preview of the the all-new Music app. With powerful features and an elegant new look, enjoying your music is easier than ever. This preview provides a sneak peek into what we’ve been working on, and what’s to come — the music is just getting started.

All-New Design. Music app has a beautiful new design that makes exploring your music collection easier and more fun. Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description. Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists view. Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away.

Recently Added. Albums and playlists you’ve recently added are now at the top of your library, making it effortless to find something new to play. Simply tap play on the artwork to listen.

Streamlined iTunes Radio. Discovering music with iTunes Radio is easier than ever. You can now quickly return to your favorite stations in Recently Played. Choose from a selection of hand-curated stations in Featured Stations, or start a new one from your favorite artist or song.

New MiniPlayer. With the new MiniPlayer, you can see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. To open Now Playing, just tap on the MiniPlayer.

Improved Now Playing. Now Playing has a stunning new design that showcases your album artwork the way it was meant to be. In addition, you can begin wirelessly streaming your music using AirPlay without leaving Now Playing.

Up Next. It’s now simple to find out which songs from your library will play next — just tap the Up Next icon in Now Playing. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.

Global Search. You can now search from anywhere in the Music app — just tap the magnifying glass. Search results are conveniently organized to help you quickly find that perfect song. You can even start an iTunes Radio station right from Search.

If you’re curious about how this might look, 9to5Mac has posted a preview of the new Music app. There are some significant changes to the application and we expect most, if not all, to be on board the public iOS 8.4 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Other Enhancements & Changes

We also expect there to be some other smaller changes on board the iOS 8.4 update. We’ve already heard about a few changes. In iOS 8.4, Apple’s removed audiobooks from the Music and dropped it into its iBooks application. The company’s also made some tweaks to the CarPlay application.

It’s still very early and we expect to see Apple tweak and change its iOS 8.4 update before it’s released to the public. Here’s the deal. It’s clear, at least to us, that Apple is shifting from one to two major iOS releases a year to multiple releases per year.

iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 were all major updates with tons of changes on board for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We’d expect the same from iOS 8.4. Remember, the beta probably won’t reveal everything ahead of time.

Bug Fixes

We also expect iOS 8.4 to come with bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. iOS updates, big and small, always come with bug fixes for problems and we don’t expect anything different from Apple’s next big iOS update. We doubt that the list will be as extensive as iOS 8.3’s but we would be surprised if there were only a few bug fixes on board the public iOS 8.4 release.

iOS 8.4 Problems

iOS 8.4 will almost certainly come with enhancements bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. However, we’d expect it to introduce some problems of its own and allow some current iOS 8 problems to linger.

iPhone and iPad users almost always stumble into something after upgrading to a new piece of iOS software and with tons of changes on the way, there’s certainly a lot of potential for iOS 8.4 bugs and problems to emerge. That’s why we always recommend waiting a few days before installing new software.

Some of the more common iOS problems include Wi-Fi issues and battery drain problems though we always see a collection of smaller isolated issues emerge for select users.

Last Major iOS 8 Update Before iOS 9

Before yesterday’s iOS 8.4 beta release, it wasn’t clear if Apple was planning to release iOS 8.4 or if it was simply going to roll its features into the iOS 9 update that’s rumored for the fall. Now we know.

The WWDC 2015 dates are confirmed and Apple will stream parts of the event.

We haven’t heard any rumors about an iOS 8.5 update. And with an iOS 9 beta rumored for the summer and a release rumored for the fall, we’d be surprised if Apple has another major iOS 8 release left in it. We’d expect iOS 8.4 to be the last major iOS 8 release before the arrival of iOS 9 later this year.

We could definitely see some smaller updates emerge, something like iOS 8.4.1, but we don’t expect any more iOS 8 betas or any more updates with a mix of bug fixes and new features.

Apple Silence

Finally, don’t expect Apple to talk about the iOS 8.4 update in the buildup to the iOS 8.4 release date. It will probably let its beta releases do the talking.

Now that doesn’t mean that we won’t see iOS 8.4 release information flow. In fact, iOS 8 has been pretty leaky when it comes to release date information. We heard about iOS 8.1.3’s release ahead of time, we heard about iOS 8.2’s release ahead of time and we heard about the iOS 8.3 release date ahead of time. Just not from Apple. It’s very rare that we see rumors pinpoint an exact iOS release date (probably because the testing process is unpredictable).

The only announcement that we’d expect from Apple would be one at WWDC. If that doesn’t happen, then you’re likely going to have to survive on rumors up until its released.

iOS 8.4 Release: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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